Thursday, May 9, 2013
Child OK after being abducted from school
By Stefan Rogenmoser
Two Florida women have been charged after a child-abduction incident in Goose Creek.
A 4-year-old girl was unlawfully removed by her mother, Neely Blanchard, 26, from Westview Primary School at about 8:15 a.m. on May 2. The child was reported safe when police tracked down and detained the woman and child about 30 minutes later, according to information released by the Goose Creek Police Department.
At approximately 8:45 a.m., GCPD was notified that a trooper with the South Carolina Highway Patrol had stopped the suspect vehicle near the 187-mile marker on I-26 westbound.
GCPD investigators verified that legal custody of the child was granted to the paternal grandmother then took custody of the child, Blanchard and a second adult female, Ferdauss Rahmatullah, 25, who was driving the suspect vehicle.
The child has since been returned to the custody of her grandmother.
Blanchard is charged with trespassing, disturbing school, custodial interference, conspiracy to commit custodial interference and unlawful possession of schedule four narcotics.
Rahmatullah is charged with trespassing, disturbing school, conspiracy to commit custodial interference and assault and battery first degree.
The narcotics charge against Blanchard is related to pills in her possession that require a prescription. Investigators believe she is in illegal possession of those pills.
The assault and battery charge is related to injuries a school employee received attempting to prevent the departure of the suspect vehicle. Those injuries were not life threatening.
The case remains under investigation.
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